SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A large fire burned a vacant commercial building in downtown San Jose Thursday morning.

The San Jose Fire Department said the fire at a two-story building on the 80 block of E. San Fernando St. was upgraded to four alarms as of 11 a.m.

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“Four alarm fire is pretty significant,” San Jose fire spokesperson Erica Ray said. “Businesses in this building are not going to be able to open back up.”

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Those businesses include Cinebar — one of the city’s oldest operating bars — Los San Patricios bar and the recently closed Chacho’s eatery.

Luckily, Ray said, those businesses were not open at the time and the building was unoccupied.

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There were upwards of 80 firefighters on the scene as of midday. The fire has not been put out as of shortly after noon, but firefighters have been able to contain it to the single structure.

The cause of the fire is still not determined. Ray said the department will conduct an arson investigation, which is typical with any fire started in a residence or business building.

There are no reported civilian or firefighter injuries at this time.


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